hop over to Marsha's new web shop, lots of goodies for you & the holidays

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wonderful Use of A Fish Bowl Container

well, I call these lovely glass containers "Rose Bowls"
...but a rose by any other name....you know...

I once decorated every table for a Rehearsal Dinner for 85 people ( ???? )
with various sized rose bowls & put fruits or veggies in the water of the bowl
& beautiful flowers spilling out over the bowls...

but I hadn't thought of this

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isn't this the most imaginative thing !!!

& think of how many different ways you could do this !!!

& the kids would love it too...

little hint:  I did discover that the veggies/fruits do not last long when submerged in water,
the gases are released and that is not a good thing at all.

they're fragile but beautiful for the event.
& if you don't leave them too long in the water...
rinse them off and EAT them !

the election is getting on my nerves 
because it's gone on for too too long.

I'm praying every single eligible human goes out to vote this time,
& the Houston news says the early voting 
(beginning today) is huge.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Turquoise & Orange, Who Would Have Thunk It?

Texas, the home of the University of Texas
Longhorns, their colors is
so in these parts everyone (except Aggies) has something
burnt orange!

so here's my take on Fall's "concept" outfit(s)
featuring burnt orange & turquoise with browns/tans.

this is something I would wear all the time, I think!
& I went to a girl's school in Virginia!

See Splenderosa's Handbag & Jewelry to Accessorize

this killer bag
 in the shop HERE

do you like this set?
would you wear it?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hot Tart .....

Quick Balsamic Fig Roasted Tomato and Burrata Cheese Tarts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Quick Balsamic, Fig, Roasted 

Tomato and Burrata Cheese Tarts.

this wonderful dish is courtesy of Half-Baked Harvest found HERE

Once you have the puff pastry it’s time for toppings! I spread the bottom of each tart with a little fig jam/preserve and it paired beautifully with the flavors of the tomatoes, balsamic and burrata. Even if you think you aren’t into figs, you need to give these tarts a try. Really, you don’t even realize there is anything fig-ish going on. The only thing you do realize, is that whatever you are eating, it’s GOOD! OH, oh, oh!! And when those figs start showing up in the stores, you could even add a few fresh slices. That would be just so good!

Then just toss the tomatoes with a little balsamic vinegar mixture and layer them overtop of the dough. Add some blue cheese if you are into it (I SO am) and bake until flakey, roasted, tomato perfection.
Top with creamy burrata and serve….or devour it yourself, and call it a day.


  • 4 sheets prepared puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup fig preserves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • pinch of salt + pepper
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • 8 ounces burrata cheese (may also use fresh mozzarella)
  • 8 slices thinly sliced prosciutto (omit for vegetariane version)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil


Friday, October 21, 2016

The New Monochromatic #1

The Pantsuit by eula-eldridge-tolliver featuring a leather tote purse

“ Look at that face. The joys of being a parent (Source: http://ift.tt/2eFat4n)

well, they're monochromatic too, aren't they ??

I must tell you guys that as much as I love all things beautiful and fine, I love animals the MOST.
all animals.
I find myself smiling when I come across a particularly great photo of them.
giraffes, dogs, horses, chickens, birds, pigs,
oh well, I forgot all birds are called fowl, but everything has a heart & instincts, and as far as I can they all have feelings too.

have a wonderful weekend...enjoy the NFL football games,
or even the high school football games.
hug you pets !!!

I love you !!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Looks Like Something I Might Do

please visit my new web shop
link to your left
lots more coming !

even though I love sleek, clean, orderly....
when I'm working & where I'm working 
often resembles this room...
the good thing?  I have orderly piles !

but, in spite of all this, I'm finding this room very very comfortable-looking, 
probably lived-in by someone very intelligent.

what about you?
do you see anything you like here?


Thank Goodness The Debates Are OVER !
my nerves are shattered !!
this has gone on for FAR too long, so along with term limits we should also have limits on the amount of time a campaign can go on.

& we all know that no matter who wins the election we, as Americans, will support the President.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


 I don't know about you, but most of my friends are already
Christmas shopping, hostess-gift shopping, etc.
so when I came across these guys I just stopped in my tracks!

love love love all of this + anything else artist, Vicki Sawyer, does.

Bianca Lunch Napkin (min

 tablesetting from Nyla Free Designs

click here 
to find these beauties, + other great art items by designer 
Vicki Sawyer


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Little Night Music + More

the movie review of The Accountant is below


I know I know...there are plenty of us who wouldn't be able to wear this skimpy little top,
however, for the young ones I think this is beautiful.
it actually doesn't show a thing !!   well, except that it's also backless...
it's SO on trend I just had to post about it...

in stock & available in sizes 0-12 HERE

& for the really grand evenings....

isn't this LITTLE NUMBER simply to D.I.E. for ?

Rachel Gilbert Makenna Off-the-Shoulder Long-Sleeve Gown, Black:

& then there's this divine LITTLE BLACK DRESS
almost all of us can wear.
you know I LOVE the flounce !!!


We decided to see this one, instead of Deepwater Horizon (& I love Mark Wahlberg!)
& we were correct.

The movie is really really interesting, there is a short scene where I found the self-inflicted
violence too difficult to watch but, otherwise, I was OK with that.

I hadn't read too much about the movie so I was amazingly surprised by the
constantly moving story.  There are many twists you may not see coming.

If you want to be entertained, go see this.
Ben is great in this role as a child of Autism who has grown into a
mathematical genius who functions at a very high level.

I think we will see this character again in a sequel...
mix Jason Bourne, A Beautiful Mind & Rain Man into one & you'll have it.

& there are many parts where you'll laugh out loud...not a bad thing !


well, this is what you would call a total gut job


15 Spectacular Before and After Kitchen Makeovers Photos | Architectural Digest:


15 Spectacular Before and After Kitchen Makeovers Photos | Architectural Digest:

The main kitchen in the Skaneateles, New York, home of recycling entrepreneur Adam Weitsman and his wife, Kim.

The home was renovated by Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors and decorated by McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors. Lanterns by Formations are suspended in the main kitchen, which has cabinetry painted in a Benjamin Moore off-white, a Rohl sink with Lefroy Brooks fittings, and a Gaggenau cooktop and oven.

via Architectural Digest

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what a serene setting...
wonder what it looks like in winter?

but, otherwise, isn't it just about perfect for a big sprawling
country home?


Friday, October 14, 2016

Something Every Woman Needs ....

as we round the bend into the cooler months, putting our summer
clothes away to make room for the warmer 
 stuff we'll need....the 1st things I reach for are my

I've found I use them endlessly.
even to the point of tatteredliness.
you know why?
cause they're EASY.

& because they LOOK so great,
no matter what I'm wearing underneath I feel "finished."
you know?


here are 5 new ones in my shop right this minute
(click on the icon at top left sidebar to reach shop, then look under APPAREL)

I, personally, love the American Indian vibe to these pieces,
& they "look" SO Ralph Lauren, don't they?

2016 New Winter Scarf Women Cashmere Poncho Cape Warm Scarves India Ethnic Style Shawl Z-3451:

they are ONLY  $68  each

very light-weight & very soft & cuddly
made of new techno fiber
(don't laugh, even the top haute designers are using
these new fibers)

believe me, you won't find anything like this anywhere
for this price.
lots of stuff available, but NOTHING with this style & pizazz.

drop from "V" at back of neck to top of fringe:  31"
width from front all the way around to front:  52"
length from front to back:  64"

pattern repeat: the hem at the front looks like the hem at the back, therefore, the back looks exactly like the front.
there is no bold center-back pattern.
close-ups of fabric below

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Thursday, October 13, 2016


Décor Inspiration : An Apartment in Mallorca, Spain
Amador, the designer/owner,  nostalgic for his native island, led him to create this house, first in his mind and then on the ground. He used local materials and fresh decor to catch the light he so yearned for.
When something is carried in the blood, it emgerges sooner or later. 
The story of the architect Amador Calafat-Busquets is a good example.
 32 years ago, the Spaniard fell in love with a German girl and decided to start a new life in Hamburg in northern Germany. There has developed a brilliant career, has formed a family and is happy, but always, always a part of their soul has taken refuge in his native island. 
In the winter nights in the cold city where he lives, he used to remember his native Mallorca, longing for the Mediterranean air, the scent of rosemary and blue, clear sky. It was one of those chilly nights when Amador imagined a house in Mallorca. Gradually, the house was growing in his mind: the ground, drawings, materials, artisans ... Five years ago,  already finished in his imagination: it was time to make it happen.
"Almost every summer we were on vacation to the island, but we were going to hotels or rented houses. My dream was to have her own place, created to our liking. " Newly built and near Santanyí, southeast of the island, the house respects the Majorcan architectural tradition, with local stone, clay tiles, wooden shutters ... "it is one of the most beautiful areas of Mallorca and, in addition, several friends have homes nearby. Many people on the island live Hamburg until there is a hill they call 'the Hamburg Mountain,' "says Amador in fun.
The garden is full of native species such as wild olives, carob and oleander, and in the pergola surrounding the house dominates the bougainvillea, whose flowers are in the passionate family. "The project was born with the inner courtyard. For me, it is the heart of the house and it was from here that I created everything else. Rural homes on the island have a yard like this, heir to the Roman atriums, which serves as a distributor to the rooms and the lights , "Amador said.
Also the interiors have managed to collect the spirit of sober elegance of the Majorcan "possessions". The main room is formed by the lounge and dining room, connected by an elegant Mallorcan stone arch, while -always rooms prepared for children or friends of the owners- are located on the top floor, each with its own bathroom and private dressing room 
The master bedroom, with custom white cabinets, is another dream come true. And everywhere, doors and open to make way for the light and air of Mallorca windows.

A patio in pink


Dinning room

Dining room to the kitchen

On the porch
Magic moments
 via el mueble
 go here for the full story and all the beautiful photos